Most of you know by now that #RadiateDaily is a community created for empowerment, empathy, and fun! This week I decided to do things a little differently. I am a strong proponent of the belief that beauty radiates from within. No matter what products you use, being a good person is what makes you truly beautiful. So today we are taking a break from our external beauty and reminding ourselves that your soul is your best resource for looking fabulous.
This all occurred to me the other day while I was wandering the grocery store. I have been feeling like I was in a bit of slump for the past few months and was wasting time and feeling sorry for myself. I was abruptly approached by a girl. She was probably in her early 20s and a student. She asked to borrow a dollar because she needed to buy a money order to pay her rent. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I never have cash. I felt her panic, a feeling I have been blessed to not experience. I told her not to worry and we walked to a register where I bought a pack of gum and requested cash back. I gave her the dollar for which she was eternally grateful. She taught me so much in those few minutes. I gained such a profound respect for her sense of responsibility and ambition.
Most importantly, I learned we should never to be too proud to ask for help. Too often we feel that because we are educated and brought up so well, we know everything. We don’t. I don’t. Asking for help is something I often struggle with for so many reasons. Thinking I know it all is part of it, but the biggest part of it is pride. I never want others to have any perception of me that will indicate weakness. I am so afraid of being vulnerable that I would rather struggle through something than learn from someone else. This random stranger taught me that it is ok to realize and admit our shortcomings because more often than not our neighbor will kindly oblige us with a helping hand. That helping hand is what keeps us grounded in reality and reminds us that we are all members of a community. A community that is still inherently good despite the chaos that can fill our daily routines.
All of this is summarized by one word. That is humility. Webster defines humility as a modest view of one’s self. This is soooo important. If you think too highly of yourself you leave little room for improvement. We are all in need of improvement and should continuously be learning and evolving. Humility is not a sign of weakness, timidity or fear. It is a sign of introspection and knowing where our true strengths lie. It is a sign of recognition and knowing that there is value in others’ thoughts and experiences no matter great or small.
So remember, sometimes you need a dollar from a stranger and sometimes you need to give a stranger a dollar to get both of you back on the right track. This encounter, be it brief, was a very special moment for me and I am glad I was able to share it with all of you! It helped me remember that things will not always be perfect, but I should be grateful for every moment and always continue to look at unexpected things as instances to learn. I would love to hear how you all #RadiateDaily from the inside so please comment below!
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